Just a major thumbs up for Olaf for consistently improving on the dirtgear patch! IMO this patch needs and deserves more attention and recognition.
Why it isn't so? It has to do with the mentality of the majority of the GPL drivers.
The first group
has this leading dogma: GPL is perfect. To think GPL could have a weakness is blasphemy. Any changing in GPL is a cardinal sin.
A funny example:
In a german league the dirtgearpatch would be discussed. The first what you see at the website of the league is: "Race without ShiftR". One of the league admins wrote just about: "I'm strictly against this patch. What is the point of that? Why not use INT Mod, stop in the pit lane and make ShiftR? I would like to stay near by the original!"
After reading that I thought about that without ruffle or excitement. Then something was clear for me what I haven't seen before...
Not until then I saw DGP is far from the reality of the 60th. Selfmade the drivers of this time doesn't stop at their own pit stall, but faraway somewhere in the pit lane. The mechanics was running with tools, replacement equipments and - if necessary - new wheels along the pit lane. Because at this time there exists less fitness studios, the drivers came up with this idea to keep fit their crews.
In DGP it's necessary to stop exctly at the own pit stall. Now I see that was really unwordly in the 60th. So, clearly a minus point for that patch!
Next reclamation in DGP: It needs some time (about 15s) to repair the car. But in the good old time people wasn't such wimps and infected from trade unions. Repairing would made by finger clipping. Mechanics would be ready before you could see. 0:2 against that patch!
And after the repairing anybody knows...at any corner of the car was a mechanic and they threw the car above the existing or non existing pitwall - so much power the people have in this time! It's not to compare with today.
How odd and boring is DGP: The cars stays at their place and the drivers has to go away therefrom. 0:3!
So the lesson is clear: If you think GPL=original=reality under all circumstances your life will be phantastic and very funny! I imagined this world for some minutes (it was a great practise for phantasy), but it seems some guys live in such a world all the time.
The second group
is not so radical. They say: If I drive over years and years only the 67th cars it is boring. So they will be fans of MODS. They have no problem to fight against 65th, 66th, 69th... cars. But important is that the opponents and cars have to be from the respective year. All have to be historic correct, even changes in physics are thinkable.
This group accept other than the eleven in game tracks, especially which was driven in the respective year. At least they have to exist in reality. But if it's possible to drive through stems of the trees or to cut corners it's no problem.
Is there existing a third group
? It is very small.
For me I have to say I see the things from a different sight. I live at the moment - in 2019. My opponents are not Hulme or Clark. I don't fight against computer-operated cars. My opponents are humans and they live today, at the same time like me.
I can't be bothered to drive every second day another simulation or MOD (all have their strenghts and weaknesses where I'm annoyed about). My mantra is: "I want it all - and I want it now!"
Virtual races should have as many as possible facets like in real racing. The best racer have to be capable to be more than two laps fast. It should be necessary to be constant fast. He have to handle with adverse conditions like too hot or worn out tires or damages which should be arising in case of touching barriers equal like in real life. He should be able to stop exactly at his own pit stall for repairing or tire changing pressed for time. It couldn't be it has no disadvantages to drive apart from the track.
Only with all these facets for me racing is interesting for a longer period. On these ground I have developed DGP.
Unfortunately I had read some wrong or at least very partial "facts" about the patch.
Example number two:
In January 2016 I had a look at some league regulations. One league has two divisions. In the second division INT mode is used, but it's allowed to make ShiftR in pit area. So I thought it goes nicely with DGP in PRO mode, because with it's help you can repair the car at the pits (and only at the pits, not everywhere on track). And I had seen a driver of the league posted Pit Reset Files to avoid that people suddenly fall at the track. In case of using this files the drivres have to install a pit reset file for every track, in case of using DGP the drivers would have to choice only the patch.
Because I had read some critics on tire wear and brake ballance adjusting I made a special edition of the patch before I suggested the league to use this version in PRO mode in this thread here.
The admin of the league was interested (so I assume he is a second group guy). He wrote something about DGP in his board and ask his drivers what they are thinking about that patch.
A driver which has used the patch in 2013/2014 in EOLC in INT mode (the same driver which have posted the Pir Reset Files) wrote their experiances. He wrote three points of critism:
1. Brake ballance adjustment doesn't exist in 67.
2. Tire wear is too much for 67 and maybe not well ballanced.
3. The cars get lost gears and flat tires under non inexplicable reasons.
Some posts later another league driver wrotes: I absolutely agree with the driver before. Some post later the league admin decided against the patch because points 1 and 2.
I would repeat: I had suggested a version without brake ballance adjustment and tire wear and suggested PRO mode (In PRO mode DGP produces no dirt gears and no flat tires - under no circumstances). So all three points are wrong.
It's similar to this: Let's say anyone ask me. "What is your meaning about GPL?" and I would answer: "GPL is only for little kids. You can immediately repair the car far away from the pits. Then the car jumps through the air back to the track." What would I do? I would withhold the halv of GPL. it wasn't fair against GPL.
After this bad experiance I decided to made special versions of the patch nevermore.
But maybe I should write about points 1 and 2 in the todays official DGP. Brake ballance adjustment is a separate patch now. Everyone can decide if he would use it or not. Tire wear is adjustable in three graduations. In case of using the long-lifed tires you would feel typically only a marginal decreasing of grip after one hour driving.
But, by the way...It is interesting to see for me that the league that uses DGP has decided for most sensible tires.
Equal misleading post I have seen in other forums. Some items of the patch which anybody doesn't like would be declared for the complete patch, but it's different.
It's hard to cope with it.
Normally I keep such things for myself. But to the seventh anniversary of the release of the first version of the patch in January I presume to do so.
Thanks for the anyone interested.
Edited by Olaf Lehmann, Dec 14 2019 - 10:17 AM.